Review: Alaskan Hop Turn IPA

Alaskan’s latest IPA in a seemingly endless procession of IPAs is Hop Turn (cute skiing-inspired name there), which is designed to be a “German-style IPA” — a style of beer that doesn’t readily exist. It’s made with Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts, Magnum and Sterling hops, and is dry-hopped with Sterling — “radical” choices, none of…

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Review: Old Hickory Blended Bourbon and Straight Bourbon

Nashville-based R.S. Lipman revived this very old brand recently, but the spirit inside has nothing to do with whatever came before. Within you will find MGP-sourced whiskey which is bottled in Ohio. Old Hickory — not just named after Andrew Jackson but featuring his picture on the label — is offered in two varieties, a…

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Review: Speakeasy Syndicate No. 03

San Francisco’s Speakeasy launched its limited-edition, barrel-aged Syndicate beer series in 2013. Today it’s an annually released series, “united by barrels and graceful age,” with Syndicate No. 03 now hitting the shelves and kegs. Here’s what’s inside: Syndicate No. 03 is a blend of seven different strong beers matured between 13-37 months in bourbon barrels.…

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Review: The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016

In 2014 Jim Murray pronounced The Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013 the best whisky of the year, and the world promptly exploded. Everybody likes Japanese whisky — why wouldn’t you? — but giving this small bottling a “best in the world” award led to the expected chaos. All of Japanese whisky has been impacted by the…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Rye

It’s no secret that Jack Daniel’s has been working on its rye for the better half of the decade. The company has been putting out works in progress since the beginning. “Unaged Rye” came in 2012; a brash “Rested Rye” hit in 2014. Now, in 2016, the finished product is finally here. My math pegs this…

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Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails 2016

St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t just have to be a shot of Jameson and a mug of green beer. Here’s a host of more elevated cocktails that can help you get your green on this Thursday. Precision Pilot 1 part Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix 1 part Lillet Rosé ¾ part Campari ½ part Combier Pamplemousse Rosé 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters…

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Review: Saint James Cuvee 1765 Rhum Vieux Agricole

Saint James is a massive Martinique rum operation with dozens of product offerings in its vast lineup. Oddly, few of them seem common on U.S. shores, though that may slowly be changing as the distillery’s footprint grows larger. Cuvee 1765 is the company’s latest offering, bottled to commemorate the company’s 250th anniversary. There’s no real…

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Review: Deschutes Brewery Hop Henge Experimental IPA (2015)

Deschutes’ Hop Henge continues its run of being “just OK,” with this year’s special edition — well, late 2015’s special edition — of its “experimental IPA” incorporating Mandarin Bavaria and Centennial hops (among others). Bitterness is ratcheted quite a bit down from last year to just 66 IBUs, the overall impact of all this being,…

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